Supreme Court: Spink County Board had authority to reject large hog farm

March 18, 2022

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court agrees that a Spink County board had the authority to reject an application for a large-scale hog operation in 2018.

Arrow Farms applied for a conditional use permit to operate a concentrated animal feeding operation, also called a CAFO, which would include more than 7,500 hogs.

Arrow Farms said it met setbacks required by the county.

The Spink County Board of Adjustment rejected the permit which led to a lawsuit by Preston Miles.

He alleged the board’s denial was arbitrary and that its members were biased against him and his project.

Some of the board members say they rejected the permit over concerns about foul odors emanating from the operation.